Funding for Cancer Research Trainees

Rolling Deadlines

Rolling: AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards: Other Conferences and Meetings

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: The AACR offers Scholar-in-Training Awards to enhance the education and training of early career scientists by providing financial support for their attendance at AACR conferences and meetings. The number of awards available, award amounts, and application requirements vary by conference. Please visit the meetings and workshops calendar for a list of upcoming programs and details on financial support available.

Eligibility: Applicants who submit abstracts must be AACR members in good standing. Nonmembers should submit a Membership Application Form.

Rolling Due Dates

October Deadlines

October 15: ACS Postdoctoral Fellowships – American Cancer Society

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: Postdoctoral Fellowships (PF) support new investigators in research training programs to position them for independent careers in cancer research. As part of their evaluation, peer reviewers consider how well the fellowship will broaden the applicant’s research training and experience.

Max Amount and Period: $162,000 over 3 years ($52k, year 1; $54k, year 2; $56k, year 3)

Eligibility: Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, had their doctoral degree for less than 3 years, and not currently have a faculty appointment.

Due Date: October 15, 2022 at 10:59PM CST

Application Assistance: Washington University faculty may reach out to Glenn Floyd in Medical Corporate and Foundation Relations at floydg@wustl.edu with any questions and for assistance with reviewing/editing your proposal.

ACS Grants Workshop Webinar: The American Cancer Society is conducting a 90-minute virtual Extramural Discovery Science Grants workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 1PM to 2:30PM CST. Be sure to register in advance for this meeting!

October 15: Paul Calabresi K12 Development Award Program in Clinical Oncology – NIH/NCI

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: The Paul Calabresi K12 Career Development Award Program in Clinical Oncology is designed to train a new generation of highly skilled investigators with specialized expertise who will be well prepared to lead cancer research. It supports the development of postdoctoral scholars and junior faculty through patient oriented cancer research training, curricula, and mentored projects.

Max Amount and Period: 75% salary (up to $100,000) and $25,000 for research, travel, and tuition per year over 2 years

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are Instructors and Assistant Professors with a clinical doctoral degree and US citizenship or permanent US visa.

Due Date: October 15, 2022 at 5PM CST

October 19: AACR-Exelixis Renal Cell Carcinoma Research Fellowship

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: This opportunity is a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct renal cell carcinoma research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, clinical, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to renal cell carcinoma.

Max Amount and Period: $120,000 over 2 years

Eligibility: Applicants must be a PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent and hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or equivalent. They must have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years.

Due Date: October 19, 2022 at Noon CST

October 21 LOI: AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: The AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research. This fellowship provides a two-year grant of $120,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project.

Max Amount and Period: $120,000 over 2 years

Eligibility: Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree. As of the start of the grant term, July 1, 2023, the applicant must hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or equivalent and have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past three years.

Due Date: Letter of Intent Due: October 21, 2022 at Noon CST

November Deadlines

November 8: AACR-QuadW Foundation Sarcoma Research Fellowship in Memory of Willie Tichenor - AACR

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: This award represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct translational or clinical sarcoma research and to establish a successful career path in this field. Research projects must be basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological in nature and must have direct applicability and relevance to sarcoma. Proposed research projects should be aimed toward developing personalized, therapeutic options for the treatment of sarcoma patients.

Max Amount and Period: $50,000 for 1 year

Eligibility: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a related field and not currently by a candidate for a further doctoral degree. At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2023, applicants must hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent, have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years, and work under the auspices of a mentor. Non-members must apply for membership by the application deadline.

Due Date: November 8, 2022 at Noon CST

November 30: AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: The AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships Program is designed to provide an effective industry-academic clinical practicum with a unique training opportunity to develop academic clinicians in drug development. Fellows will work on site at the facility of one of the AACR’s pharmaceutical industry partners. This fellowship is designed for early-career clinical scientists who hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to clinical trial design and execution from the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry. The industry partners for this program and their research areas include the following:

  • AstraZeneca (facility located in Gaithersburg, MD)
  • Early-stage and late-stage clinical development in immuno-oncology
  • Late-stage clinical development within medical affairs in hematology/oncology
  • Johnson & Johnson (facility location TBD – Greater Boston or Philadelphia areas)

Eligibility Note: MUST BELONG TO ONE OF THE UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS PER NIH’S INTEREST IN DIVERSITY.

  • Early-stage clinical development in interventional immuno-oncology therapies for NSCLC
  • Early-stage clinical development program aiming to intercept lung cancers in a high-risk population

Max Amount and Period: $100,000 for 1 year

Eligibility: Applicants must have a medical degree (including MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree. They also must have enrolled in an accredited hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution with the U.S. Applicants must also be AACR members. Nonmembers must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership, and be members in good standing, by the application deadline.

Due Date: November 30, 2022 at 4PM CST

December Deadlines

December 1: Physician-Scientist Training Award – Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: This award will provide a funding source that will enable these individuals to pursue research intensively (at least 80% effort) for up to four years, while, if they wish to maintain their clinical skills, continuing to be clinically active (no more than 20% effort). In addition, the Foundation will retire up to $100,000 of any medical school debt still owed by an award recipient.

Max Amount and Period: $460,000 over 4 years

Eligibility: Physician-scientist applicants (MDs and DOs only) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, be U.S. Specialty Board eligible prior to the award start date, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time and effort to research. MD/PhDs are not eligible to apply. Applicants cannot be pursuing a PhD. No other physician-scientist career development award from a private source or federal government may be held concurrently with this award.

Due Date: December 1, 2022 at 3PM CST

December 1: Quantitative Biology Fellowship Award – Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation

Additional Details

RFP Snapshot: This award program is designed to encourage quantitative scientists (trained in fields such as mathematics, computer science, physics, engineering, or related) to pursue research careers in computational biology under the joint mentorship of leaders in both computational science (“dry lab”) and cancer biology (“wet lab”). By investing in this area, Damon Runyon will bring additional attention to the importance of these specially trained scientists for making meaningful progress in cancer biology.

Max Amount and Period: $240,000 over 3 years

Eligibility:

Level 1: Basic and physician-scientists must have received their degrees no more than five years prior to the application deadline date and may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent). Applicants must not have been in their Mentors’ labs for more than 18 months prior to the application deadline date and are expected to devote 100% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply.

Level 2: Physician-scientist applicants (MD, MD/PhD, DDS, DVM, DO) must have completed their residencies and clinical training, must be board eligible in the United States at the start date of the Damon Runyon Fellowship, and be able to devote at least 80% of their time to Damon Runyon-supported research activities. Applicants may not have had more than five years of postdoctoral laboratory research experience and may apply at any time prior to their initial assistant professorship appointment (or equivalent); postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and clinical instructors are eligible to apply. No other postdoctoral fellowships can be held concurrently. Candidates holding or awarded NIH K awards at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Candidates holding institutional K12 awards may apply but must turn-back K12 funding if they are awarded a Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellowship.

Due Date: December 1, 2022 at 3PM CST

This newsletter is not fully inclusive of all available cancer-related funding for trainees.

Please be sure to consult other sources to learn of other opportunities not listed above.